National Archives and Records Administration
Producer National Archives and Records AdministrationLanguage English
The Fight for Life
Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Education Division. Office of Education. (07/01/1972 - 05/04/1980)
ARC Identifier 1234 / Local Identifier 12.8. Dramatizes a young doctor's training in obstetrics at the Maternity Center, Chicago. Reel 1, Dr. O'Donnell sees a mother die in childbirth and decides to study obstetrics. Reel 2 shows him working and learning at the Center. Reel 3 consists mostly of a lecture to a class of doctors at the Center on procedures for delivering babies at homes. Reel 4, O'Donnell assists in the preparation for and the delivery of a baby in a Chicago slum area home. Reel 5, postnatal precautions are taken and O'Donnell calls attention to sociological problems. Shows examples of poor living conditions. Reel 6 shows the hospital examination of woman who has had no prenatal care. Reel 7 shows O'Donnell instructing an interne at a delivery, after which the mother has a hemorrhage. Reel 8, the mother receives a transfusion and lives.
DVD copied by Liz Pruszko.
May 13, 2011
A very good docu-drama about a group of dedicated doctors and nurses trying to help poor women in the big city slums deliver babies. This movie is , at times very bleak and depressing. There is no joy or happiness in the miracle of childbirth - everyone seems grim and lifeless. There are some very good shots of the terrible slums that existed in big American cities of that time. Will Geer appears as one of the doctors and Woody Guthrie has an uncredited appearance.
If you are worried about your daughter getting pregnant - this would be a good movie to show to her. Now that I have seen it - makes me wonder why any woman would want to get pregnant. Especially creepy were the scenes where the doctor is wagging his finger.